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As you probably noticed there was no Herald last week. This was due to
problems with the computer which we use to do the lay-out of the paper on.
We were pretty much stuck between not having a newspaper or having it
come out several days late followed by another on schedule paper a few days
Due to this complication, I had to hold stories that should have been
printed last week. So if you think a story is dated, just remember you would
have been reading it last week when it was timely and fresh.
I hope the problem with the computer is fixed and that I do not have to
hold stories again.
Letter to the Editor
When I heard about the pay increases student workers like myself are
going to be receiving, I was enthusiastic about attending the Student
Workers’ Meeting. Unfortunately, 1 left that meeting frustrated and per
plexed. How can Meredith’s administration not give adequate attention to
pertinent questions without lapsing into bureaucratic escapist answers.
Mine was not the only question that received a vague reply. And ultimately
the students responded with muted acceptance. Why?
I am not satisfied with the inequities that accompany the student
workers’ pay increases. First, students who are qualified to be biology lab
assistants are not being given financial incentives to contribute their loiowl-
edge to Meredith biology labs. This has happened every year! And second,
when a student is eligible for a pay increase in the middle of the school year,
it is completely up to the discretion of the supervisor if the student receives
it or not. At that meeting, all student workers heard the “unspoken” message
that we should be grateful for a pay increase and not question Meredith’s
administrative decisions. More than once we were told that “The Commit
tee” has the interests of supervisors and workers in mind. This is plausible.
But that does not guarantee our rights have been upheld.
My point is as competent students we should not accept the guidelines
of any administration without ensuring that our needs have been expressed
and met. That is the role of SGA. Meredith’s student government is our
medium for representation.
Surely, the sooner we begin to speak out against injustices and for our
rights as students (as well as human beings), we will see changes in our
livesand the very systems we create. Equity, economic in this case, is vital
at any administrative level. Meredith College is not an exception.
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